E. Ky. should focus on business of marijuana
Why has the Herald-Leader suddenly become interested in solving the eternal problems of Eastern Kentucky?
Several years ago a group of investors checked into outdoor recreation there. After a costly evaluation the results were negative. Now some kooks want to build another Gatlinburg. It will fail.
Timber is gone. Coal is soon to be gone. All efforts to recruit industry have failed. There is only one thing Eastern Kentucky can do well. Since 1973 this state has been No. 3 in pot production. This is in spite of our laughable "war on drugs" that followed our moronic "war on poverty."
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Last year, Oregon legalized pot and taxed it. I saw two reports that the state took in $8 billion. If this is anywhere near true, what are we waiting for? Eastern Kentucky can do it. They have been doing it and they are good at it.
We should have the state police providing security for the growers instead of prosecuting them. The National Guard helicopters could transport product to old tobacco warehouses where it could be taxed.
The wave of legalization is coming. The answers to Eastern Kentucky and the state's financial problems are there at no cost.
Concealed carry works
Publicizing everything about mass killings is the left's most cherished tactic in the war to extinguish Americans' Second Amendment rights.
If you doubt this, remember the intertwined news and editorial content after Newtown of major TV networks and newspapers (except FOX and The Wall Street Journal), including the Herald-Leader. They won't give up what they see as the best weapon in their armory. The publicity will continue.
Fortunately, however, there's a way to deter mass killers in spite of the left's obstruction. A decades-long, nationwide, controlled study has shown that we can prevent mass killings by denying the murderers what they need to succeed. They need defenseless victims in large numbers in an area densely confined with limited exits at a predictable time.
Up through the early 1990s both restaurants and schools offered mass killers all these inducements, and we had mass killing in restaurants and schools. Beginning in the mid 1990s, states started allowing law-abiding folks to carry concealed handguns in restaurants. In these states, restaurants no longer guaranteed defenseless victims; schools still do. Restaurant massacres stopped; school massacres continue.
We can deter mass killers by legalizing concealed carry in their currently favored venues.
We can't reduce killings by reducing publicity because the left controls the media and wants the publicity for its war on the Second Amendment. We can reduce them by handing the left yet another defeat in that war.
More pay for teachers
A few days ago, I read where over 100 teachers may be laid off due to a lack of funds. I'm reminded of the man that cut off his feet so he could save money on shoes.
Several positions owe their very existence to teachers. Principals, supervisors and superintendents to name a few. How about dividing up the money a little bit? Do you think that's going to happen?
I have a few 40-year teachers in my family. I taught one year and that was in, perhaps, the last one-room schoolhouse in Pike County. One teacher for all eight grades and a first-year teacher at that.
I saw a supervisor one day for about half an hour. Incidentally, what do supervisors do? Can we lay them off? I was once told that the guidance counselor serves as the publicity agent for the superintendent. Is that true?
Everything is too top-heavy. Is there an answer? Yes, it's simple, raise taxes. That way there will be more money in the pot. Maybe, just maybe, some of it will trickle down to the teachers.
I had to smile after reading the article on Kentucky's connection to popular TV shows. This summer, my wife and I flew to Calgary, Alberta. As I was waiting on the Canadian immigration officer to process my entry, he looked at my paperwork and then asked, "Do you live near Lexington or Louisville?"
"Near Lexington," I replied, a little confused because I assumed that basketball wasn't a big sport in Canada. His next question cleared up my confusion quickly: "Do you know the people that are on the TV show Justified?" he asked.
I assured him that Hollywood takes certain liberties with reality. At least he didn't ask about the Turtle Man.
Beware of pipeline
Kentucky should question those who say they bring us gifts of new wealth. Williams and Boardwalk and their proposed Bluegrass Pipeline will bring the promise of some temporary construction jobs, yet their own representatives say local hiring is limited because they have their own construction crews with pipeline experience.
Landowners who sign easements are surprised to discover their mortgage holders steer clear of or call for immediate repayment of loans to properties that have hazardous materials on them. The American Banker Newsletter (Nov. 12, 2013) reports that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage agreements state "you cannot cause or permit any hazardous materials to be on your property" and these agreements specifically reference oil and gas pipelines.
Property with a pipeline easement will experience a loss of value, even though a Williams representative said there is no "real" evidence of this. Yet, the Journal of Real Estate Research (2006) reports a study of 164 environmental contamination events shows property value loss was as high as $42,480 (29 percent) and the mean loss was $6,443 (four percent).
Finally, we should ask: What financial resources will be available for cleanup and compensation when the inevitable pipeline break occurs? Who will pay the costs of cleanup?
I doubt that it will be the stockholders of Williams and Boardwalk. It will be you and me and everyone in Kentucky.
To the person or persons responsible for the horrific mutilation death of an innocent animal in Louisville I offer the following: This was not an act of wickedness, nor evil, sinful, immoral or inhumane. It was demonic.
All this poor animal wanted was to live and be loved. I hope that when that person's time comes, it is lower and more painful than that helpless animal went through.
Jack H. Taylor